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Car bomb explodes in Kirkuk, Chaldean archbishop’s residence hit
Kurdish imam, head of the local Sunni community assets office, target of attack. He was wounded along with his bodyguards. The blast destroyed the doors and windows and damaged the cathedral of the archdiocese. AsiaNews sources: political instability means a” difficult July” in Iraq.
Scheduled for next month, first post-Saddam census already causing tensions
The census is set for 24 October, but it could undermine an already shaky balance of power. The provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk and Anbar want the count postponed. For local authorities, the Kurds are trying to influence the outcome.
Car bombs against three churches in Kirkuk
It is the first terrorist attack against Christian targets in the city. Harm against people and property are still to be determined.
Kirkuk: commando brigade attacks two Christian families, three killed
Today Louis Sako, the archbishop of Kirkuk, celebrated the funeral for the victims. The ceremony was attended by "the highest local authorities, and many Muslims," who demonstrated their "repugnance" for the new episodes of violence. Sources for AsiaNews speak of an "execution" with a "confessional" backdrop.
Second attack in two days against Shia pilgrims
A bomb explodes killing four people; yesterday’s incident left 43 dead. The attacks target the millions of faithful who go to Karbala to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, a central figure in Shia Islam.
Archbishop Sako: in Kirkuk, "shameful" acts against the country's "fragile" recovery
The archbishop of Kirkuk expresses the condemnation by political and religious leaders over the attack yesterday morning, which caused the death of 28 people. The attack struck a crowd demonstrating against the new electoral law. Political and economic interests are undermining the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan.
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